An exploration of the way simple actions applied repeatedly to a commonplace material can reveal fundamental principles of math, nature, perception and aesthetics. Each object embodies how the formal qualities of nature reveal a dynamic balance between simplicity/complexity, pattern/randomness and order/chaos. This balance appears in virtually every object at every scale. The shape of nerve cells and tree branches, the paths of rivers, the surfaces of land and moving water, forks of lightning, solar flares, spiral nebula -- all are founded upon the same mathematical principles and driven by the same kinds of recursive algorithms. If you look closely and quietly, there's much to see and even more to think about in a crumpled piece of paper.
Erik Hagerman was born and raised in Ohio. He holds a BA in History from Dartmouth College, where he was valedictorian of his graduating class, and a Masters degree in Philosophy from Magdalen College, Oxford where he studied as a Marshall scholar. Erik's professional career has alternated between making online experiences for private and public companies and making art. As a creative executive, Erik has led design for online commerce at companies including Nike, Walmart and several private startup firms. He has been making and selling his art work for more than 15 years.
He lives and works on a farm outside of Athens Ohio.